..Says Senate Will Fast-rack Passage of Police Academy Bill
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, urged the Police Service Commission (PSC), to work to ensure a return to “professionalism and commitment” by men of the Nigeria Police Force, in view of the disturbing security crisis in some parts of the country.
Saraki, who made the call when the Chairman of the PSC, Dr. Mike Okiro, led other members of the Commission on a visit to the Red Chamber, said the Senate would fast-rack the consideration and passage of the Nigeria Police Academy Wudil, Kano (establishment) Bill.
He said that the Senate is worried about the level of insecurity in the country and the inability of the police to rise to the occasion.
He stated that this is why the Senate has decided to organise a security summit that would bring all critical security stakeholders together to find holistic solutions to the menace.
“We are greatly worried about the breakdown of law and order in some parts of the country – clashes here and there – and the incapacity of the security apparatus of the country to be able to protect lives and property.
“We also have to be bold enough to speak and say what is wrong and I think the Police Service Commission has a key role to play here because by the law establishing you, you have a key role to play to guide the country in being able to ensure professionalism and commitment in the Nigeria Police, stamp out corruption and motivate the officers.”
He said that the Nigeria Police needs repositioning “because at the moment, at every single opportunity, we are calling on the military which has its own dangers because they are already stretched across the country playing roles other organisations particularly the Nigeria Police should be playing.”
He urged the Commission to work to ensure that the confidence of Nigerians in the Police Force, “which is at its lowest ebb at the moment is improved upon.”
He said: “A situation where there are killings in a particular part of the country and after so many weeks, Nigerians do not see that people have been held accountable is not good.
Earlier, the Chairman of the PSC, Okiro, said the visit was meant to draw the attention of the Senate to the Nigeria Police Academy (establishment) Bill which has been pending in the National Assembly since 2012.
“This visit has become necessary to seek the speedy consideration and passage of the bill because the Cadets of the school would be graduating in October this year, and when they graduate in October this year, and there is no law backing the institution, it means that their certificates would not be marketable in the labour market any where,” Okiro said.